What is Pemetrexed?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Alimta

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Pemetrexed is an anticancer drug used to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma and nonsquamous nonsmall cell lung cancer. It has also been used for bladder, cervical, ovarian cancer and thymic cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 13 5
Lung cancer 11 4
Pleural mesothelioma 10 0
Mesothelioma of peritoneum 2 0
Doctor recommendation 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pemetrexed

Side effect Patients Percentage
Chronic fatigue 1
Cyclic vomiting syndrome 1
Fatigue 1
Itchy rash 1
Large itchy welts 1
Pressure headaches 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Pemetrexed

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Pemetrexed

Duration

Currently taking Pemetrexed

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Pemetrexed

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pemetrexed after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Bevacizumab (Avastin) 1
Chemotherapy 1

Patients stopped taking Pemetrexed and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Crizotinib (Xalkori) 1
Etoposide (Toposar) 1
Gefitinib (Iressa) 1
Nivolumab (Opdivo) 1
Paclitaxel (Taxol) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Pemetrexed.